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Sarah Moon Art

French, b. 1940

French photographer and filmmaker Sarah Moon is known for dreamlike images that resemble moments of reverie frozen in time.

Born in France in 1941 to a Franco-American father and French mother, Moon was raised in England, where she moved at age 10. Before taking up photography, Moon began her professional life as a model, posing for such eminent fashion photographers as Guy Bourdin, and first picked up a camera in 1968. She began shooting pictures of her friends, models like herself, as a hobby but soon began a career on the other side of the lens.

Completely self-taught, she displayed a distinctly personal perspective, and her first fashion campaigns, starting in the late 1960s for Biba and then Cacharel, soon acquired cult status. Her images were soft-focus and enigmatic, inspired by the aesthetics of 1920s filmmakers like the Soviet Sergei Eisenstein and Germans G.W. Pabst, Carl Theodor Dreyer and F.W. Murnau.

In these compositions, she wanted the women to convey both strength and fragility. She was aiming to create “something that could distance me from the coded language of glamour,” she once told her friend, the painter Ilona Suschitzky. “I was looking for something more intimate. It was the backstage that interested me — the in-between second before the gesture was complete.”

Timeless, sensual and elusive, Moon’s depictions of femininity strongly contrasted with the sharp, glossy, erotic fashion photography of the time, produced in an industry dominated by men. Her first campaigns were quickly followed by ads for Dior, Chanel, Comme des Garçons, Christian Lacroix, Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto, as well as by editorials in Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie-Claire and Life. She also defied stereotypes in 1972 as the first woman to shoot the Pirelli calendar, which was conceived in the 1960s as sexy, high-gloss promotional material for the Italian tire company but soon became an art object, shot by some of the world’s most prominent fashion photographers.

In 1985, she decided to focus on personal projects, producing images with the same grace, poetry and sense of transience as her fashion ones. Depicting still lifes, plants or animals (from peacocks to pachyderms), the mysterious photos were shot in both black and white and color. Blurring, unusual cropping, scratches and distortions give them an almost painterly aspect, especially those taken using Polaroid positive/negative film.

A 2018 project, “Time at Work,” is a series of small-format images and a short film that embody the concept of transience. Like all her work, the "Time at Work" series reflects Moon’s fascination with the passing of time.

The soft-spoken photographer often quotes this line by T.S. Eliot: “Time past and time future, what might have been and what has been, point to one end, which is always present.” Eliot never saw her work, but he captures it exactly. As Moon herself has said, “I don’t believe I can say it any better.”

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Nevermind, Gelatin Silver Print, 1989
By Sarah Moon
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Nevermind, 1989 by Sarah Moon Gelatin Silver Print Image size: 14.75 in. H x 11.75 in. W Sheet size: 19.5 in. H x 15.5 in. W Signed, titled, and dated on verso in pencil Whitewood fr...
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20th Century Modern Sarah Moon Art

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Black and White, Archival Pigment, Silver Gelatin

Sarah Moon Portfolio, printed and bound, 10 Gelatin Silver Prints
By Sarah Moon
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Sarah Moon Portfolio printed and bound by CameraWork, 1999 10 gelatin silver print works, printed and bound into a book. Comes in a protective traveling case. The overall wall size c...
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20th Century Modern Sarah Moon Art

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Black and White, Archival Pigment, Silver Gelatin

Tullamore, 1988
By Sarah Moon
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Tullamore, 1988 by Sarah Moon Gelatin Silver Print Unframed Image size: 14.75 in. H x 11.75 in. W Sheet size: 19.5 in. H x 15.5 in. W Signed, titled and dated on verso in pencil ___...
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20th Century Modern Sarah Moon Art

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Silver Gelatin, Black and White, Archival Pigment

Marthe
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and editioned Edition of 15
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1990s Sarah Moon Art

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Photographic Paper

Les Roses
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and editioned Edition of 15
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1990s Sarah Moon Art

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A Bouche Perdue
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and editioned Edition of 15
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Early 2000s Sarah Moon Art

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Photographic Paper

La Robe Rouge
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and editioned Edition of 5
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21st Century and Contemporary Sarah Moon Art

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Digital Pigment

Etude
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed
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1980s Sarah Moon Art

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Silver Gelatin

La Robe a pois
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and editioned Edition of 5
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21st Century and Contemporary Sarah Moon Art

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Yoji Yamamoto
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and editioned Edition of 5
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1990s Sarah Moon Art

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Digital Pigment

Fashion 9, Yohji Yamamoto
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and editioned Edition of 5
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1990s Sarah Moon Art

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Digital Pigment

Fashion 10 (N.Y. Times)
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and editioned Edition of 15
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1990s Sarah Moon Art

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Photographic Paper

Fashion 4, Yohji Yamamoto
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and editioned Edition of 5
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1990s Sarah Moon Art

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Digital Pigment

Anonyme
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
A fashion and commercial photographer since 1968, and also a filmmaker, Sarah Moon is known for her dreamlike images and her representation of femininity as free from time and contex...
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21st Century and Contemporary Sarah Moon Art

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La Ralentie
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and editioned Edition of 15
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21st Century and Contemporary Sarah Moon Art

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Silver Gelatin

Blues
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and editioned in pencil on verso Edition of 15
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1990s Sarah Moon Art

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Photographic Paper

Falling
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and editioned Edition of 20
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Early 2000s Sarah Moon Art

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Silver Gelatin

Kassia Pysiak
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and ediitoned Edition of 20
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1990s Sarah Moon Art

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Silver Gelatin

L'inconnue
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and editioned Edition of 20
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21st Century and Contemporary Sarah Moon Art

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Silver Gelatin

Chanel
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and editioned Edition of 15
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1990s Sarah Moon Art

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Silver Gelatin

Teresa S.
By Sarah Moon
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Sarah Moon (France, born 1941) Teresa S., 1996 Fresson Print Image Dimensions: 17 x 22 inches Paper Dimensions: 22 x 29 inches Edition 5 of 15 Signed, titled, dated, numbered on verso
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1990s Sarah Moon Art

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